The member diversity in the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) makes our goal of connecting, educating, advocating, and leading possible. As bookwomen, we believe “Books Have Power.” The Bookwoman welcomes Pat D’Innocenzo (WNBA-Nashville) to the “Power Behind the WNBA” interview series!
Tell us about yourself.
I am Pat D’Innocenzo, and I belong to the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the WNBA. I am semi-retired from the investment business and am a voracious reader, published poet, aspiring photographer, and experimental baker.
Why did you join WNBA?
I joined because I had met some of the members at events open to the public. The women were interesting and friendly, so I decided to join the WNBA to meet more of them. I was attracted by their emphasis on reaching more people through books.
What value does the promotion of books bring to your community?
It gives people a reason to meet in a comfortable setting. Books enable people to reach out from their life and experience another one for a few hours. Sometimes a book makes a big difference.
What book has had a lasting impact on you?
This sounds ridiculously corny but the Mitford series by Jan Karon. The books are about everyday life in a small town seen through the eyes of an older Episcopal priest. I’ve lived in a smallish town for over twenty years. People are always trying new things to get their neighbors interested and involved.
Interview compiled by assistant editor Pam Ebel (WNBA-New Orleans).